Dal suspends 13 dentistry students involved in misogynistic Facebook group

January 4, 2016

January 6, 2015—Dalhousie University has partially suspended the 13 fourth-year dentistry students involved in the Facebook scandal that came to light last month, prohibiting them from participating in clinical activities. A statement released yesterday by Dal President Richard Florizone and Dean of Dentistry Thomas Boran said that the decision to suspend the students was made on December 22, but was not announced over the holidays “to ensure the appropriate supports were available for students.” The Faculty of Dentistry Academic Standards Class Committee will conduct a review of the situation and the individuals involved from a professional standards perspective; the committee has the authority to create remediation plans or to recommend academic dismissal. Dal also said that decisions will be made this week about rescheduling the postponed fourth-year exams and fourth-year classes. The restorative justice process that was triggered by informal student complaints will continue as planned. In addition, 4 Dal faculty members have filed a complaint, and several Dal alumni have said they would not be donating to the school this year as a result of how administration handled the scandal.

Postscript: Following these suspensions, Dal initiated a restorative justice process designed to comprehensively address the multiple harms inflicted by the Facebook group and its members. In early March 2015, the school lifted its suspension on all members of the dentistry group except one. In late June, Dal released a report based on an institutional investigation into the Facebook group. The report found that the incidents surrounding the group were enabled by a broader culture of misogyny at the dentistry school. Dal President Richard Florizone said that he accepted the findings of the report, and that he hoped to implement the majority of its recommendations within 24 months. Dal Statement | Toronto Star | CBC (suspensions) | Global News | Globe and Mail | CBC (alumni)